We guess they call them divas for a reason! When big-time celebrities bring their shows on the road, they send a list of things they demand in their dressing rooms upon arrival. Whether it’s a plate of fresh-cut Crudités, 1 fake tree on wheels or coconuts cut in half and hollowed for the musicians’ bras, these stars top the list for the most ridiculous things celebrities demand backstage!
Justin Timberlake is bringing “Sexy Back” but not before his dressing room is thoroughly disinfected!
Picks from Justin’s List of Demands:
-He must not have to share an elevator with anyone when on tour or at a party
-He and his entourage must have the entire floor to themselves at hotels
-Every hotel room, backstage area, and greenroom he’s in must be disinfected every two hours
We guess Kate didn’t ask for “Harleys in Hawaii” because she already has a few. According to her list, what she doesn’t already have is a jar of salsa. Lucky for her, she can just ask for one!
Picks from Kate’s List:
-Arrangement of fresh flowers. White and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses, and peonies. If not available, seasonal white flowers to include white orchids–ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS.
-A box of Huggies baby nature care wipes
-6 Vitamin waters zero, assorted flavors
-Bowl of whole fresh organic grown fruit (apples, bananas, oranges and grapes)
-A plate of fresh-cut Crudités (to include cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas, celery) w/ ranch dip
-Snyder’s of Hanover Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzels
-Jar of Salsa
-Baked (blue corn if possible) Tortilla Chips
-2 bottles of Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio
-Throat coat, Twinnings Chamomile PG tips, and Mint medley tea.
-Fuze slenderize assorted flavors
-A jar of quality honey
-Plastic drinking straws
When Adele says “Hello” to any new venue, she doesn’t think boiling water and tea is too much to ask. Our question is whether she threatens to “Set Fire to the Rain” if her demands aren’t met.
Picks from Adele’s List:
-12 Small bottles still (non-carbonated) spring water (at room temperature)
-1 Electric kettle for BOILING water
-6 Large mugs for tea. All mugs should be new, washed and dried.
-6 metal teaspoons
-2 “Squeezy” bottles clear honey (not organic)
-1 Bottle very best quality red wine (Italian, French or Spanish)
-1 Assortment of chewing gum
-1 Pack Marlboro Light plus 1 disposable cigarette lighter
-1 Small selection fresh fruit, to include bananas, apples, grapes, fresh berries NO CITRUS FRUIT!
-1 Small plate of assorted freshly made, individually wrapped sandwiches, to include chicken salad. Sandwiches must NOT contain tomatoes, vinegar, chili, or citrus fruit
Oh, Kanye. We hope no one is so “Heartless” as to forget to provide anything on your list.
Picks from Kanye’s List:
-1 Tub Plain Yogurt for dipping
-4 small Yoplait Yogurt
-1 Bowl of assorted nuts
-1 Bowl of Sunkist Salted Pistachio Nuts (No Red Coloring)
-2 Packs of Extra Chewing Gum
-1 Bottle of Hot Sauce (Tabasco, Caribbean Type)
-1 Box of Toothpicks
-1 750 ml bottle of Hennessey Liquor
-1 750 ml bottle of SKY or Absolut Vodka
-1 Bottle of Patron Silver Tequila
-4 Six Packs of Heineken Beer
As far as we’re concerned, Rihanna deserves whatever she asks for. Whether it’s “Diamonds” or an “Umbrella,” may all your dressing rooms be full of things you love!
Picks from Rihanna’s List:
-5 AC power outlets
-Adequate lighting for a “relaxed atmosphere”
-White drapes to cover lockers and/or brick
-1 Large throw rug — plush and animal print (Cheetah, Leopard) … must be CLEAN, as she will walk on it barefoot.
-Pipe and Drape the room in Dark Blue or Black drapes with Icy Blue Chiffon draped nicely on top
-6 Candles — Archipelago Black Forest (if you can’t get these, please let me know ASAP as we have a 2nd choice of a candle for Ri).
-4 Small, clear, square vases with White Tulips, no foliage (2nd choice: White Casablanca Lilies no foliage, 3rd choice: White Freesia, no foliage)
We were hoping Justin’s list would have started with “Yummy Peaches.” Unfortunately, it just starts with water. But it does get better from there!
Picks from Justin’s List:
All rooms must maintain a constant temperature of 68 to 75 degrees.
All on ice:
-2 Cases of water
-2 Cases of Coke
-1 Case Ginger Ale
-2 Cases Diet Coke
-Professional quality iron and ironing board
-1 Professional quality steamer
-1 Vicks steam inhaler
-Food items should be fresh and covered by clear plastic wrap
-Star MUST have a private bathroom
Sir Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is alive and well! Just ask the production teams that have to find his “6 full and leafy floor plants.” We wonder what happens if the leaves aren’t exactly full as he was hoping. Would he just “Let It Be”?
Picks from Paul’s List:
-All lamps must be halogen floor lamps with dimmer switches.
-Only animal-free materials (cottons, denims, velour, etc.)
-Do not provide furniture made of any animal skin or print.
-Do not provide artificial versions of animal skin or print either.
-No leather seating is allowed in the black stretch limousine either.
-Arrange for a dry cleaner before arrival.
-6 Full and leafy floor plants, but no trees.
-We want plants that are just as full on the bottom as the top such as palm, bamboo, peace lilies, etc. No tree trunks!
-$50.00 – One large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies with lots of foliage.
-$40.00 – One long-stemmed arrangement of pale pink and white roses with lots of foliage.
-$35 One arrangement of freesia. It comes in various colors so please mix them up. Freesia is a favorite.
-20 dozen clean towels outside of the production office.
“All I Want for Christmas is You . . . and this entire list of things.”
Picks from Mariah’s List:
-20 white kittens and 100 doves
-Each room must be draped. Black drapes are fine.
-The entry door should open into the living room space, not the dressing room.
-The temperature should be about 75 degrees.
-1 Three Seat Couch — Plain Color, no busy patterns; black, dark grey, cream, dark pink are fine
-12 1 Liters of Fiji Water
-3 Bottles Chardonnay — Chilled
-12 Diet Coke
-12 Vanilla Protein Drinks
-6 Sparkling Water (Pellegrino)
-12 Melon Flavor Gatorade
-6 Red Wine Glasses
-6 White Wine Glasses
-4 Joe Malone Vanilla Candles
-2 Vases White Roses
-Fried Chicken (warm)
-12 Small Bottles water (room temperature)
-3 Whole lemons and honey
Does Eminem begins his list of demands with the words, “Your venue would be so empty without me . . . and all of these I like to eat”? We common folk may never know.
Picks from Eminem’s List:
-25 pound dumbbells
-24-Diet Coke 16oz plastic bottles
-12 Diet Coke 12oz cans
-6 Verner ginger ale soda (or Schweppes)
-48 Dasani, Poland Spring 12oz bottles “NO Evian”
-1 Loaf of white bread
-1 Loaf wheat bread
-6 Lunchables snacks (3 turkeys & 3 ham with cheese)
-6 Cans Red Bull
-16 Cans Sugar-Free Red Bull
-Large fresh jumbo shrimps with cocktail sauce and plenty of lemons
-1 Jar of banana pepper rings
If Alicia Keys “Aint Got You,” Glade candles, Alicia Keys ain’t singin’.
Picks from Alicia’s List:
-7 sets of metal silverware
-3 Glade Candles (French Vanilla, Rainshower, Wild Berry, or Tangerine Ginger)
-3 Cans of Chunk White Tuna
-10 Nutri-Grain Bars (Blueberry, Cherry, Apple, Strawberry)
-6 Individual Packets of Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal (Brown Sugar and Apple Cinnamon)
-1 Assorted Fruit Platter with strawberries, seedless red grapes, bananas, mango, blueberries, cantaloupe, and raspberries
-2 Cases of beer (one imported and one domestic; brands preferred: Amstel Light, Corona, Bud, Bud Light, or local beer)
-3 menus for local seafood and Italian restaurants to order meals for Alicia
Out of all the demands and all these celebrities, we think Will’s list best reflects his sense of humor. One rainbow on wheels? We love you, Will.
Picks from Will’s List:
-1 Electric three-wheel mobility scooter
-1 headset microphone (Janet Jackson style)
-1 flight of stairs on wheels
-1 fake tree on wheels
-1 rainbow (can be painted on canvas) on wheels
-Smart Water or Fiji Water
-Coke, Diet Coke, 7Up
-Raw roasted almonds
-Protein bars: Peanut butter chocolate Zone Bars, Peanut Butter Power Bars
Lady Gaga’s list is surprisingly low-key. Red Bull, hot dogs, and Kendall Jackson wine? Okay, Lady. We can hang with you.
Picks from Lady Gaga’s List:
-2 Bottles of white wine with wine opener — Kendall Jackson or Robert Mondavi preferred
-1 Pack of Straws
-1 Cushioned office style chair
-TV with cable and a DVD player
-1 Rolling clothing rack
-4 Unscented candles
-Tea kettle, organic ginger, lemongrass tea, and honey are very important.
-1 4 pack of Red Bull Light (on ice)
-2 Bottles of Green Tea
-1 Container of Guacamole
-Hot dogs (Yves veggie dogs eaten with toothpicks)
-A smoothie station (with frozen berries, fuze, and whey protein or non-fat Greek yogurt) Blender needed
-1 Plate of cheese (non-smelly, non-sweaty on ice) with whole wheat/healthy crackers
-A mix of assorted fresh fruit (cut and must have edible skin OR edible seeds OR citrus)
Jay-Z wants to remain “Young Forever,” just like the rest of us. He also loves a good quality PB&J like the rest of us. We’re not sure why he needs 7 dressing rooms, but maybe he likes to use one dressing room per item of clothing?
Picks from Jay-Z’s List:
-7 Dressing Rooms
-A desired room temperature of 72 degrees
-1 Love Seat
-1 Large Couch
-2 Matching End Tables
-2 48 Cases of Fiji Water (24 cold/24 room temperature)
-6 Cans of Coca-Cola
-6 Cans of Red Bull
-6 Bottles of Vitamin Water
-1 Jar of good quality peanut butter
-1 Jar of good quality grape jelly
-1 Hot tea service for 4: hot water kettle, ceramic and disposable cups
-All requests for alcohol were shaved from the list.
We wonder if Taylor would just “Shake It Off” if her demands weren’t met. Somehow, we doubt it.
Picks from Taylor’s List:
If arriving before 11 a.m., the following from Starbucks:
-1 Grande ICED Caramel Latte w/ 2 sweet-n-lows
-1 Grande ICED Americano w/ 2 sweet-n-lows with soy milk
-1 slice pumpkin loaf
-1 Stick Butter
-3 Boxes Kraft Macaroni/Cheese
-2 Four Packs of Red Bull
-1 12 Pack Corona Beer
-1 12 Pack New Castle Beer
-1 Bottle Welch’s Grape Juice
-1 Bag of Twizzlers red licorice
-1 Case of Smart Water
-1 Pint Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
-1 Pint Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Brownie Frozen Yogurt
Wherever he goes in “God’s Country,” Blake is a man of simple tastes. Miller Light, Bud Light, and beef jerky. He’s our kind of guy.
Picks from Blake’s List:
-1 bag Dunkin Donuts coffee
-1 bag espresso blend (Starbucks)
-1 4 Pack of 5 Hour Energy
-1 Case of Bud Light (cans only)
-1 Case of Miller Lite (cans only)
-2 Bottles of Bacardi Clear Rum
-2 Bottles of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
-3 3-packs of Blue Orbitz gum
-1 package of peppered or teriyaki beef jerky
-1 bag of Hershey’s Chocolate Minis
Christina Aguilera hit the music scene in the 1990s and no one has been able to put that “Genie in a Bottle” ever since!
Picks from Christina’s List:
-As organic food spread without plastic or Styrofoam for environmental reasons
-Dried cranberries and soy cheese
We assumed one of the first things on Nicki’s list would be a “Starship.” Alas, it’s only fried chicken. That seems more doable.
Picks from Nicki’s List:
-Spicy fried chicken wings
-A cheese platter
-Candles that smell like baked goods
We all know that Beyoncé is the Queen, always. As the Queen, she has certain needs that must be fulfilled!
Picks from Beyonce’s List:
-1 Large table for catering dressed with white tablecloths.
-Dressing room should be 78 degrees
-4 Brand New White Towels in bathroom (2 face & 2 body)
-Juicy Baked Chicken: Legs, Wings & Breast only (Please season with fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper HEAVILY SEASONED!!)
-Steamed Garlic Broccoli
-Lightly Seasoned Green Beans
-Lightly Seasoned Steamed Spinach
Beyoncé can only have Pepsi products.
-1 Case of Aquafina water (half cold, half room temperature)
-1 Hot Tea Set up (Please have NEW Coffee Pot)
-Sliced Lemons Wedges
-Rose scented candles
-Lighter for candles
If you don’t get Drake some Heineken and Nivea Chapstick, you’re gonna have some “Trust Issues.”
Picks from Drake’s List:
-Four dozen natural-scented incense sticks
-Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap
-E-Z Wider rolling papers and a pack of Dutch Master President cigars
-Bottles of Jack Daniel’s
-Patron Silver tequila
-A bottle of Hennesey or Courvoisier
-Andis T-Outliner trimmers
-Extra sets of speakers
Jack White asks for the same things “Over and Over and Over.” And he gets them!
Picks from Jack’s List:
-1 dozen chicken wings (buffalo, teriyaki, surprise us)
-1 bowl of FRESH HOME-MADE GUACAMOLE (recipe below)
-8 champagne flutes (real glass)
-8 wine glasses (real glass)
-8 highball glasses (real glass)
-1 hummus & pita chips
-iPod player with sufficient volume control
-NO fluorescent lighting
-PLEASE NOTE: This is a NO BANANA TOUR. (Seriously)
Madonna is the ultimate “Material Girl.” As such she’s gotta have her personal chef and a 200-person entourage. Don’t question her methods.
Picks from Madonna’s List:
-20 international phone lines
-Her backstage room must look exactly like her own home (that means she ships around her furniture)
-Special flower-scented fabric
-A personal chef who prepares only vegan foods
-Her own dry-cleaning service
Mary J Blige
As long as Mary has her Mentos and 8 sets of silverware, she’ll be “Just Fine.” Also, can we talk about how amazing she looks, always?
Picks from Mary’s List:
-A private toilet with a new toilet seat
-10 medium prewashed bath sized towels
-NO DAIRY OR PORK OF ANY KIND!!
-10 1.5 liter bottles of FIJI water (absolutely, positively must be FIJI)
-6 cans of Diet Dr. Pepper
-6 cans of Schweppes Ginger Ale
-2 packs of Mentos — cinnamon fresh only
-6 cans of Red Bull energy drink
-6 bottles of Black Cherry Propels in a sports bottle
-8 sets of silverware
-1 tub of clean ice
When you travel as part of Cher’s entourage, you know there’s only one right answer to all of her demands, “I Got You, Babe.” And long as she has her wig room, she’s got this!
Picks from Cher’s List:
-1 Wig Room
-1 Room for Dr. Stacey
-1 bottle of fine red wine (No Kendall Jackson)
-1 bottle of fine white wine (No Kendall Jackson)
-4 Diet Cokes
-1 coffee table
-1 end table for the phone to be placed on
-TV with VCR with a cable Hook up. Please make sure we can get the following channels: Turner Classic Movies or AMC.
We all know Iggy Pop’s got “A Lust for Life.” Did you also know he’s got a hankering for “F—- loads of good red wines”? Well, if you didn’t before, you do now!
Pick’s from Iggy’s List:
-A Bob Hope impersonator
-A copy of USA Today that’s got a story about morbidly obese people in it
-6 bottles of Grolsch or decent local beer
-F—— loads of good red wines
-6 large bottles of good quality sparkling water
-3 cases x 12 oz bottles of still mineral water
-6 bottles of alcohol-free beer
-1 case of big bottles of good, premium beer
-A bottle of vodka
-Cauliflower/broccoli, cut into individual florets and thrown immediately into the garbage. I f—— hate that.
As long as Van’s got his Marlboros and KY Jelly he’s ready to “Jump” in!
Picks from Van’s List:
-M&MS (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES)
-1 large tube of KY jelly
-3 packs of Marlboro cigarettes (box)
-Herring in sour cream
-2 gallons non-carbonated, bottled spring water
-3 fifths Jack Daniels Black Label bourbon
-2 fifths Stolichnaya vodka
-1 pint Southern Comfort
-2 bottles of Blue Nun white wine
We wonder if Harry Styles still asks for four dressing rooms, just for old time’s sake.
Picks from One Direction’s List:
-While there are five band members, One Direction demands four “STAR dressing rooms,” one of which “MUST allow smoking.”
-Another backstage room is for “Personal Training.”
-The group’s private rooms must offer a “pleasant ambiance” and “Wall-to-wall freshly cleaned and deodorized carpet.”
-Bathrooms have to be “stocked with a supply of Soft toilet tissue and odorless air freshener.”
-Large, glass-fronted drinks fridge
-A ping pong table (“c/w bats & balls”), and a “Pinball Table Table” (whatever that is).
Meek Mill wants “All Eyes” on a very specific smorgasbord when he’s on the road. He’s not messin’ around with any hunger, at all!
Picks from Meek’s List:
-Several kinds of fish
-Chinese stir fry
-BBQ chicken and shrimp
-Oxtail and jerk chicken
-Three types of pasta
-Collard greens, red beans, and rice
-Peas, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, and all manner of grilled entrees.
-Seven bottles of Moët & Chandon
-Three bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne
-Five bottles of Cîroc
-Two bottles of Patrón Silver
Picks from Mötley Crüe’s List:
It’s well known that this band stopped drinking. So, to avoid temptation, they requested a map of the nearest Alcoholics Anonymous meeting locations, plus non-boozy entertainment to keep them distracted, including a 12-foot-long boa constrictor, a jar of Grey Poupon mustard, and a sub-machine gun. You know, just the essentials.
For someone who has such a daunting presence on stage, we’re a little surprised–maybe even disappointed–by Marilyn’s rider. Couldn’t he have at least asked for gummy bears from hell or something?
Picks from Marilyn’s List:
-A bald-headed, toothless hooker
-One bottle of Ketel One vodka
-Half gallon of 2% milk
-Two containers of Danon Blended Yogurt
-One block of Extra Sharp Cheddar (served unopened and chilled)
-One Bag of assorted Jolly Ranchers hard candies (apple if possible)
-Two Bags of Haribo Gummy Bears
Who knew the Foo Fighters were such sticklers about their salad bars? Yeah, they had other stuff on their rider, but nothing as fascinating as the following description of their EXACT SALAD DEMANDS:
“Make Your Own Salad Bar (Fresh, organic vegetables and an array of all colors & flavors of salad dressing:
Fresh? We mean non-sweaty, chilled, and bursting with flavor.
Organic? We mean the ability to charge us more because the migrant worker who was underpaid to pick these vegetables ACTUALLY used soap to wash their hands.
Colors? Like Sean Penn in a great ’80s movie, we’re talking about colors. Not grey, black, or yellow. Let’s get green, orange, and red.
Flavors? Well, this is where you can make or break it in Foo Fighters world. Flavor is what we will remember and what will keep you out of the highlight reel of total shit meals we’ve had since Dave’s first tape.”
If you don’t provide John Mayer with the four soft head toothbrushes or Red Bull he needs, he WILL take “The Last Train Home.” Also, what’s with the crazy glue?
Picks from John’s List:
-Various organic nuts
-Six cans of Red Bull
-Six Bottles of Starbucks Frappucino, various flavors
-One box of kids brand cereal (please choose from the following brands)–Captain Crunch, Lucky Charms, Count Chocula, Cookie Crisp, Cinnamon Toast Crunch
-One jar each of Organic Peanut Butter & St. Dalfour Jelly
-One loaf of organic rye bread
-Two tubes of original crazy glue . . .
If you want to keep Pharrell “Happy” all you gotta do is be sure he’s stocked up on Pedialyte and Nilla Wafers. And a few other things. Easy peasy.
Picks from Pharrell’s List:
-1 loaf of Gluten-free bread
-1 Crunchy White Almond Butter
-1 Grape Jelly
-1 Box Nilla Wafers
-1 Bag Goldfish
-1 Regular Squeezy Honey
-1 liter bottle of Silver Patron Tequila
-1 Full-length mirror
-1 framed picture of Carl Sagan
Well, this one makes us sad. but we’re going to add it in memory of Amy. RIP.
Picks from Amy’s List:
-2x bottles of red wine
-1x cases of Lager (Corona or similar–NO STELLA-NO CARLING!)
-1x Large bottle of vodka (Smirnoff or Zubrowka)
-1x Champagne (Chilled with flutes for after the show)
-1x Bottle of Courvoisier
-60x still mineral water
-12x cans of Coke
-A small selection of fresh fruit (mixed)
-A selection of fresh meat and cheeses (pre-sliced)
-Bread-1x wholemeal and white loaf (good quality, please)
-40 Marlboro lights
How could “Ice Cream” not be at the top of Selena’s list?
Picks from Selena’s List:
-12 bottles Gatorade
-12 cans of Diet Coke
-1 tea kettle with tea bags, honey, lemon, and throat coat tea
-1 veggie tray
-Asst. fresh fruit tray
PLEASE MAKE SURE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE KEPT IN THEIR BAGS OR CONTAINERS!!! PLEASE DO NOT MAKE DELI PLATTERS!!!
-1/2 lb fresh sliced Pepper Jack cheese
-1/2 lb fresh sliced American cheese
-1lb fresh sliced turkey breast
-Washed leaf lettuce, 1 whole ripe tomato, 1 whole ripe avocado
-Small jars of mustard and mayonnaise
-1 loaf whole wheat bread
-1 loaf of white bread (no Wonder bread)
Steve Martin actually leaked his own rider on his website. It’s basically a one-act of comedy in and of itself!
Picks from Steve’s List:
-Six-packs of any canned beverage for Steve to compare his abs to
-Twelve coconuts, hollowed out and split in two, for the musicians’ bras
-One whole roasted chicken for Steve to use as a dancing puppet
-One tablet of Lipitor, in gelcap or tablet form
-Tray of iceberg salad. IMPORTANT NOTE: Iceberg must come from Scandinavia, Canada, or the Russian Arctic. Artists DO NOT like the taste of Antarctic Icebergs.
Kevin Hart may be a stand-up comedian, but he isn’t joking around about his “skirted tables!”
Picks from Kevin’s List:
-55″ or larger TV with remote on stand or 6′ skirted table
-3 8′ tables skirted
-Glass single door fridge
-3 couches and coffee tables, and 4 end tables
Prince already had plenty of “Little Red Corvettes” and “Raspberry Berets.” What he didn’t have was enough tea.
Picks from Prince’s List:
-A doctor MUST be available at every show date by 6:00pm
-Coffee and tea set-up, including honey, lemon, sugar, cream, and fresh ginger root
-1 box Yogi Cocoa Spice tea
-1 box Celestial Seasonings Herbal tea sampler
-2 scented candles (spices, jasmine, lavender)
Bob Dylan’s answers may be “Blowin’ in the Wind,” but his backstage needs were intact right there on his rider. We’re not exactly surprised by how down-to-earth his “demands” were.
Picks from Bob’s List:
-Star dressing room should be clean, lit with incandescent lighting, with hot and cold running water, toilet facilities and carpeted, furnished with comfortable seating for 4 persons.
-Dozen clean towels
The Jonas Brothers ain’t so “Sucker”s! They know what they need backstage to make their concerts fabulous! Their demands seem pretty tame compared to a lot of the divas listed above.
Picks from the Jonas Brothers’ List:
-Twenty-eight black towels
-Six tetra packs of coconut water
-Six-packs of mint-flavored chewing gum
-Four packs of low-fat string cheese
-A bottle of Grey Goose Vodka
-A case of Coors Light Beer
-A dressing room with its air-conditioner thermostat set at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
-Joe Jonas has requested 12 puppies be in his dressing room for every concert. (Apparently, this demand has gone unfulfilled several times).
Rita Ora’s backstage “Ritual” begins with making these demands!
Picks from Rita’s List:
-Green & Blacks chocolate
-Nandos hot sauce
Barbara Streisand’s “Happy Days are Here Again” when her safety is made THE top priority at all of her concerts!
Picks from Barbara’s List:
-SECURITY REQUIREMENTS: This tour requires metal detectors at all entrance doors, including backstage and all employee entrances. These must be actively manned throughout the entirety of show day and performance. Also, there will need to be a thorough inspection of the facility by a police K9 prior to soundcheck.
Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” and neither does her backstage rider! She will not allow the sight of bricks or lockers, period!
Picks from Shakira’s List:
-ARTIST’S VIP AND FAMILY ROOM: Must be kept clean and at a comfortable temperature at all times–72 degrees. This room should be carpeted and the walls draped to cover lockers and/or bricks.
-A fruit basket consisting of 3 mangos, 3 Hawaiian Papayas, 6 bananas, and 3 peaches.
-NOTE: Please be aware that all drinks in all rooms need to be iced down. We will use approximately 200 kilos of ice per show day.
Picks from Lil Wayne’s List:
-A private jet
-Artist shall receive a police escort of two police vehicles/motorcycles to and from the airport, hotel to venue, venue to hotel. Artist shall receive four off duty police officers to escort artist from hotel to venue, and back from venue to hotel. THIS IS A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT!
-For INTERNATIONAL DATES: Must provide 4 24-hour armed security for the duration of the artist’s stay.
I guess when you’re busy shaking someone “all night long,” you need to have the oxygen ready to go.
Picks from AC/DC’s List:
-OXYGEN REQUIREMENTS: Purchased to provide 3 oxygen tanks with 3 masks that must be at the venue at load-in.
-1 case of bottled Heineken (Note: no beer in the dressing room prior to show).
-Please stock beer in the dressing room 15 minutes after AC/DC goes on stage.
-Small selection of imported cheese and crackers (English cheeses and Water crackers preferred)
Billy Joel’s rider was the longest we’ve seen. It’s NINE pages long. Being “In a New York State of Mind” must conjure a big appetite and a very specific need for living room furniture wherever you go.
Picks from Billy Joel’s List:
-Billy Joel’s Dressing Room: This room should be carpeted, be properly heated or air-conditioned, have private show facilities, and contain the following:
1 couch, 2 easy chairs (NOT RECLINERS), 2 end tables, 1 coffee table, 1 6′ table dressed with white linen tablecloth, 1 full-length mirror, 2 floor lamps for indirect lighting, 2 lamps, 1 large trash can, 1 office size trash can
-Stage left: a cooler with 3 different kinds of beverages (specified)
-Stage right: a cooler with 6 different kinds of beverages (specified)
We LOVE that Johnny Cash made it clear that he would rather act than play music in the latter part of his career. He was certainly a man of many talents. If “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” you might as well be doing what you love!
Picks From Johnny’s List:
-Leader requires the right to cancel engagement herein in the event his services are required for a motion picture, TV special, TV series, or legitimate stage play which might conflict with said date of engagement upon thirty (30) days written notice to Purchaser.
-AMERICAN FLAG: An American Flag on a pole stand (typical size 3′ by 5′) is required on stage in full view of the audience throughout the show.
Stevie Nicks’ list of backstage demands proves that if you want to “Go Your Own Way” you’re gonna need a LOT of beverages for the trip.
Picks from Stevie’s List:
-SPOTLIGHT OPERATORS: Spotlight operators must be competent, experienced, and have English as their first spoken language. Operators must be available thirty (30) minutes prior to showtime for pre-show briefing.
-ARTIST HOSPITALITY ROOM: To be placed in Artist’s hospitality room at a time to be discussed with Artist’s representative. Items should be served in the most appealing manner possible and should be replenished during the time Artist is on stage. [The list goes on to mention copious amounts of almost every variety of beverage you can imagine. Sodas, juices, beers, coffee, vodka, wines . . . it’s a lot for one person to drink]
Whitney Houston admitted, “I Have Nothing” if I don’t have my armored vehicles. (We love you, Whitney. RIP.)
Picks from Whitney’s List:
(1) One coach for band and/or two fifteen passenger vans
(2) Two mini bus and/or fifteen passenger vans for crew
(4) Mercedes Benz (S-Class 600 series) or BMW 740
The vehicles above must be armored.
Bare Naked Ladies
Bare Naked Ladies’ list of demands might be our favorite. Their list is just as quirky as their music and we love them for it!
Picks from BNL’s List:
-Note: BNL and crew are very open-minded, yet health-conscious about their diets. We are open to your ideas! Turkey dinner . . . sure! . . . Thai or Indian? . . . Absolutely!!!! . . . Japanese . . . you bet!!!!!! Meat Loaf . . . great!!! Ham and Scalped potatoes . . . mmm . . . We just enjoy variation . . . so please don’t offer chicken breasts and vegetarian lasagna again!!!
Fiona Apple may “Sleep to Dream” but she comes to the venue to be heard! Short opening acts only, please!
Picks from Fiona’s List:
-General: Fiona Apple presents an extremely dynamic, yet subtle show and consequently will require a state-of-the-art sound system. System shall be capable of evenly covering the entire listening area, and must be able to achieve loud levels with no audible distortion. Artist will provide a house engineer, sound company will provide a fully qualified monitor engineer plus at least 1 fully qualified system technician.
-Opening Act: We will make every effort to make any opening act on the bill as welcome as possible. The smaller the opening act, the easier it will be for everyone involved in the production.